The Silver Screen
Covering the past, present, and future of motion pictures, this blog is a record of one film-buff's viewing experiences, opinions, and recommendations...
Thursday, February 10, 2005
Run Lola Run (Lola rennt) - (1998, Germany)
Spokane International Film Festival (Day 7) - Well... The younger crowd finally showed. No surprise really due to the cult following that Run Lola Run has started to develop in the US. Still... It would have been nice to see a few younger people in the seats sooner than this.
No short today, so straight into the main feature!
Run Lola Run is one of the most original films out there. It tells the story of Lola's quest to save her idiot boyfriend's life by getting 100,000 marks in 20 minutes. So, how can a 20+ minute story translate into a 80 minute movie? Easy... Tell the story three times! This unique method of storytelling lets an otherwise simple story turn into an examination of fate, chance, and consequence.
How many times have we all asked ourselves, what would have happened if only I had been just *one* second earlier? This film shows us...
But don't let that give you the impression that the film is all highbrow or something... It is a pulse pounding, non-stop thrill ride that never gets old.
I had never seen Run Lola Run in a theatre before and it was a serious treat! The thumping techno soundtrack and frantic on-screen action evelops with intensity on a level you could never see in your home.
This film was the first of the SIFF's tribute to director Tom Tykwer. Also featured will be The Princess and the Warrior and Heaven.
Talk about nappy! (Trivia) - What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Run Lola Run? For me it is Franka Potente's fiery red hair. According to IMDB, Franka didn't wash her hair for *seven* weeks of filming, because the red coloring was sensitive to water and would have washed out...